The Morning Report

Friday, August 29, 2014

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Hot Springs National Park (AR)
Rangers Assist In Shooting Incident With Multiple Victims

Rangers John Hughes and Jeff Johnson responded to a report of gunfire at a housing project located adjacent to the park on August 20th.  

Hughes arrived on scene within 45 seconds. He found two people suffering from gunshot wounds about 75 yards apart from each other – the first had been hit in the leg and had a severed femoral that was bleeding profusely, the second had been hit in the head. Numerous shell casings were scattered throughout the area along with currency and packets that appeared to contain illegal drugs.

A third person was then found with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. A fourth person had also been shot and was last seen running from the scene, covered in blood.

The area was immediately cordoned off. Officers from several agencies soon arrived to assist. A lifesaving tourniquet was placed on the victim with the femoral artery wound by a local police officer. Other rangers were called in to assist in searching for possible additional shooters.  The investigation revealed that the shooting was a result of a drug deal-robbery gone bad.  

All of the shooting victims were reportedly involved in this incident. Two remain in critical condition and a third is listed in serious condition. The fourth shooting victim has not been found, but his residence was the scene of a drive-by shooting following this incident.

The park resumed normal activities later that day. 

[Submitted by John Hughes, Chief Ranger]


Cuyahoga Valley National Park (OH)
Search Underway For Missing Woman

A search is in progress for a woman who’s been missing for more than a week and is believed to be in the park.

Hillary Sharma’s vehicle was found in Boston Store Visitor Center parking lot around midnight on Thursday, August 21st, after Eastlake Police Department issued an alert reporting her missing.

Rangers started a search at that time which was soon joined by several other agencies. It included ground teams with search dogs, horse patrols, boats on the Cuyahoga River, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Over 150 people participated in operations on Saturday alone.

The search was originally managed under a unified incident command that included the National Park Service, Valley Fire Department, and Brecksville Fire Department. It has since been scaled back and is now being managed by an NPS team (Chris Ryan, IC).

[Submitted by Mary Pat Doorley, PIO]


NEWS AND NOTES



Olympic National Park (WA)
Last Segment Of Glines Canyon Dam Demolished

With a loud rumble, the final blast to demolish the Glines Canyon Dam occurred on Tuesday afternoon.  The blast met contractor objectives by pulverizing the remaining 30 feet of dam and its underwater support structure, known as the dam apron.

The blast was preceded by several weeks of preparation.  Contractors first built a temporary access ramp so that an excavator and drill rig could be used to create an extensive pattern of holes into the remaining dam and apron.  Blasting experts were on scene all day on Tuesday to pack the holes with dynamite and set the charges.

“This final blast is a milestone – the Glines Canyon Dam no longer exists,” said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.  

The contractor estimates another six to eight weeks of work to remove the rubble and debris from the channel.

“Like so many others, from our visitors and neighbors to the hundreds of interested scientists and students, we are excited to watch the restoration process continue to unfold in the coming years,” said Creachbaum. 

Click on this link to see a short video of the destruction of the last section of the dam.
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GOAL Academy
GOAL Academy Now Accepting FY15 Applications

The National Park Service’s GOAL Academy is now accepting applications for the coming fiscal  year. Up to 50 employees will be selected.

The GOAL (Generating Organizational Advancement and Leadership) Academy is a cohort-based development program designed to enhance leadership skills and address NPS competencies in supervision, management, and leadership.  

Participants in this seven-month program will explore various aspects of leadership: self-awareness, team building, strategic thinking, ethics, leading change, conflict management, and championing diversity.

The program is open to permanent employees GS-9 through GS-12, WG-8 and above, WL-6 and above, and WS-6 and above. Up to 50 employees will be selected for the seven-month program and join one of two cohorts. Each cohort will meet four times throughout the year; therefore, applicants must be able to attend each session with their selected cohort.

Jon Burpee graduated from the GOAL Academy in May 2013 and is currently serving as one the NPS Bevinetto Congressional Fellows.

"The GOAL Academy really was a transformative experience for me,” said Burpee. “The curriculum opened my eyes to a greater promise of how the NPS can be an organization that values leadership and inspired me to apply the Bevinetto Fellowship. For anyone willing to do the hard work of growing personal leadership potential, the GOAL Academy is an extraordinary opportunity!"

Funding and support for FY15 is provided by all seven regions, numerous WASO directorates, and WASO Learning and Development. Over two hundred and thirty aspiring leaders have graduated from the GOAL Academy in the past six years. Six graduates are now superintendents and two have served as Bevinetto Fellows.  

All tuition costs for selectees will be paid for by the nominating regional office and WASO directorate. (Note: Tuition for PWR selectees will be paid by the benefiting account). Travel costs for all selectees will be paid by WASO Learning and Development.

Applications will only be accepted through the link below and must be submitted by midnight in the applicant’s time zone on September 8th. For more in-depth information and to apply for the FY15 GOAL Academy, please click on the “More Information” link below.

For questions about the application form and requirements, please contact Justin Sochacki at 785-354-1489 ex. 226 or Justin_Sochacki@nps.gov.

[Submitted by Justin Sochacki]

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George Washington Birthplace National Monument (VA)
Park Hosts Rappahannock Heritage Day

George Washington Birthplace National Monument recently hosted the Rappahannock Tribe in a day celebrating the tribe’s culture and heritage. Park grounds came alive with dancing, drumming and songs.

Members of the tribe can trace generations of their ancestry to the area and a time long before the Washington family knew of a place that would eventually be called Virginia.

While tribal drummers sang and kept time, others performed a variety of dances related to friendship, honor, love and the hunt. Dances featured both traditional and “fancy” dancers who wear more highly decorative clothing and perform more animated movements. Visitors were invited to join in both the morning and afternoon closing dances.

“The Rappahannock Tribe has a long history of sharing their culture with park visitors and it’s a tradition that both the tribe and park are enthusiastic about continuing,” said Superintendent Melissa Cobern. “Heritage Day is a wonderful way for visitors to learn more about Rappahannock culture, as well as another side of the park’s history.”

For more information on the Rappahannock Tribe, visit www.rappahannocktribe.org.

[Submitted by Scott Hill, Park Ranger]


Park Facility Management Division
Jermey Buzzell Selected As Accessibility Program Manager

The Park Facility Management Division has selected Jeremy Buzzell as the division’s new supervisory accessibility program manager. He reported for duty on August 25th.

Buzzell holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Boston University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a master’s degree in disability studies from the Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University, where he also graduated summa cum laude and was a Burton Blatt Scholar.

Since 1997, Buzzell has served in private schools and non-profits as a special education teacher and coordinator of programs for children with disabilities. 

He spent nearly ten years in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the Department of Education where he specialized in disability policy, research and administration of national programs in education, employment and assistive technology for individuals with disabilities.  

For more than a year of that time, he was detailed to work on disability legislation for the late Senator Edward Kennedy. 

Buzzell left the Department of Education to manage the disability civil rights and accessibility program at the Transportation Security Administration, and comes to the National Park Service from the Office of Support Operations at the Library of Congress. 

“I am very pleased to welcome Jeremy as our supervisory accessibility program manager,” said Park Planning, Facilities and Lands Associate Director Vic Knox. “His passion for and dedication to ensuring accessibility for all populations is clearly evidenced in his professional accomplishments and in his willingness to accept progressively more challenging positions throughout his career.”

“He is a proven professional, an innovator and a consummate leader. I have every confidence that he will contribute significantly to the successful implementation of the NPS accessibility strategy.”

In his role as a member of the division’s management team, Buzzell will provide professional advice, technical direction and overall management of the Servicewide accessibility management program.  He will be responsible for developing, monitoring and coordinating a Servicewide strategy for equal access, use and enjoyment of National Park Service areas, facilities, programs and services. He will be responsible for overall coordination of the Servicewide accessibility coordinating committee and will serve as the principal advisor to WASO directorates, regional offices and parks for all matters related to accessibility.

“I am honored by the opportunity to become a part of the NPS,” said Buzzell, “where leaders such as Mr. Knox and Mr. Harvey have shown their dedication to accessibility and the accessibility program management staff has obvious passion and expertise for the work.”

Buzzell will also serve as the principal NPS accessibility representative to the Department of the Interior and as the primary NPS liaison to agencies and institutions with which the NPS has cooperative agreements, memoranda of understanding or other partnership projects involving accessibility for people with disabilities and the elderly.

Buzzell and his wife, Jennifer, who is the director of marketing and sales for Signature Theatre in Shirlington, have lived in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area for 13 years.  They have two children, Zoe, 7 and Myles, 4.

[Submitted by Ralph J. Coury, Communications Manager]


Servicewide
Upcoming Training Calendar

All training offerings – webinars, online courses and training sessions in the field – appear in this listing only, updated each Friday. Entries must be received by midday Thursday at the latest for the following day’s update. Send them to Bill_Halainen@contractor.nps.gov.

All entries must be brief and should have the following:

  • Beginning and ending dates.
  • Name and location of course.
  • A short one- to two-line description.
  • The closing date for application or registration.
  • Name(s) and number(s) for more information.
  • Most importantly, a link to a website where full announcements or detailed information can be found.

New listings and revisions to this week’s calendar are in bold face. They are removed from the calendar once the application deadline has passed.

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Training and Webinars

September 3 – September 5 – Engineering for Historic Timber Framing Workshop, Natchitoches, LA. The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is partnering with the Preservation Trades Network, the Association for the Preservation Historic Natchitoches, and the Friends of NCPTT to hold a series of workshop investigating the engineering issues facing historic timber structures. This workshop will bring in preservation engineers, timber framers, site managers, historic building owners, and other parties to discuss best practices for planning and implementing these multi-faceted projects. The focus of these workshops will be African House, which is a 200-year-old, low-fired brick and timber framed building located at Melrose Plantation outside of Natchitoches. For more information or to register please visit the training announcement (http://ncptt.nps.gov/events/engineering-for-historic-timber-framing-workshop) or contact Sarah Marie Jackson atsarah_m_jackson@nps.gov or 318-356-7444.

September 3 – Co-Creating Narratives in Public Spaces Webinar: Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion – Expanding National Park Service Narratives, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. EDT. For the past year, three associate directorates – Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion; Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers; and Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science – have been partnering with George Washington University’s Museum Studies department to develop a series of training events open to all NPS employees, partners, and the general public. “Co-Creating Narratives in Public Spaces” consists of two webinars – the first on August 27th and the second on September 3rd – and a two-day symposium on September 17th and 18th. This second webinar will focus on diversity. The National Park Service recognizes that America's diversity has given this country its unique strength, resilience, and richness. The Service also recognizes that its greatest promise in the 21st century cannot be achieved unless we improve on our record of including the diversity of the nation in all of the National Park Service's activities. Speakers:  Michael Reynolds, Associate Director, Workforce, Relevancy, and Inclusion; Julia Washburn, Associate Director, Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers; Steve Pitti, NPS Advisory Board Member, Professor of History and American Studies, Director of the Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, and Master of Ezra Stiles College at Yale University; Milton Chen, NPS Advisory Board Member, Senior Fellow, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia.org & Edutopia video. NPS employees should register online at http://goo.gl/acITld for individual sessions or the full training event.  Information on accessing the webinars and the webcast will be sent to all registrants. Employees are strongly encouraged to attend the full training event and may receive credit by also enrolling through DOI LEARN no later than August 25th. For more information, go to this link or contact Sangita Chari, Special Assistant to the Associate Director, Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion, National Park Service, Phone:  (202) 354-2203, Email: office_rdi@nps.gov .

September 8 – September 11 – NAGPRA in the Parks, webinar. This online course about the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) will provide an overview of NAGPRA and prepare participants to respond to inadvertent discoveries and plan for intentional excavations as prescribed by the law. This is a multiple session course consisting of four two-hour sessions on consecutive days. Detailed information can be found in the full announcement. To register, email mary_carroll@nps.gov by August 27th. Contact: Mary S. Carroll, mary_carroll@nps.gov or 303-969-2300.

September 9 – September 10 – Distance Education Technology Transfer Workshop, Cabrillo NM, San Diego, CA. This course is designed to provide end users (interpreters, education specialists, resource managers, fire managers or information technology staff) with the resources and knowledge necessary to assemble a Telexploration backpack and present a real-time distance learning program to a remote audience and to design and deploy a basic wireless systems sufficient to present real-time live Telexploration programs in your park. The closing date for applications is August 15th. For more information on the workshop, go to this web page: http://seatoshiningsea.org/events_New.html. Contact: Amanda Gossard at amanda_gossard@nps.gov.

September 9 – September 11 – Structural Firefighter Recertification and Refresher Course, Grand Canyon NP, AZ. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS Structural Firefighters as outlined in Chapter 12 of Reference Manual 58, NPS Structural Fire Management. The course is designed to refresh the skills, knowledge and competencies of previously certified structural firefighting personnel through the utilization of live fire scenarios. NPS live fire qualified instructors direct the training in compliance with NFPA 1403 and OSHA requirements. Application deadline is August 11th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

September 15 – October 17 – National Search & Rescue Academy, Camp Navajo, Bellemont. AZ. The National Park Service in conjunction with the Department of Defense will conduct this year’s fall session of the National Search & Rescue Academy at Camp Navajo, which is ten miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona. NSARA provides an intensive five-week comprehensive SAR training program for federal employees. This program will provide participants with a venue to efficiently attain basic field rescuer skills in a single condensed format which typically requires several years of career development. This core program provides participants with essential field rescue skills in ground search operations, ICS, swiftwater rescue, technical rope rescue, search management, basic aviation safety, helicopter rescue techniques, and remote/austere EMS techniques. This program is delivered in the classroom and various physically challenging outdoor environments. To broaden interagency cooperation, allied and federal agency personnel will jointly attend this academy. NSARA participants will be housed in shared military barrack style quarters during the training and are required to adhere to all local policies of the hosting facility. On-site lodging and meals during the academy will be provided at no expense to NPS participants. En route travel and per diem costs, as well lodging and meals associated with three days of off-site swiftwater training, will be borne by the benefiting work unit. This is a very physically demanding course and participants are required to perform at an arduous level without physical, mental, or emotional limitations. Participants will be involved in physical fitness training, which will be completed through the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test, and participants are required to achieve a “First Class PFT Score” by the end of the academy. Prerequisites: In addition to completion of independent study classes on Basic ICS and SAR, candidates must possess a current minimum certification at the First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) level. For further information on this training, refer to the announcement and nomination form at this link. Submit completed nomination forms to NSARA Coordinator Ken Phillips, NPS Branch Chief of Search & Rescue, at ken_phillips@nps.gov or 928-606-3862 (cell). Nominations are due by August 15th.

September 16 – September 17 – NEPA/NHPA Section 106 Workshop: Intermountain Region, Grand Canyon NP. See full announcement here.  Contact: Cheryl Eckhardt; cheryl_eckhardt@nps.gov or 303-969-2851.

September 17 – September 18 – Symposium: Co-Creating Narratives in Public Spaces. The two-day symposium will create a forum for NPS administrators and interpreters, academics, museum professionals, anthropologists, and public historians from across the country to discuss how the National Park Service can best define and communicate the complex and challenging narratives that comprise the history of the United States. Scheduled panelists include representatives from NPS sites including Fort Smith National Historic Site; Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site; Manzanar; Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site; Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Site. Participating museums include the National Museum of the American Indian; US Holocaust Memorial Museum; National Museum of African American History and Culture; Harriet Beecher Stowe Center; and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. In addition, academics, independent historians, and anthropologists will participate. NPS staff can participate in person or view the two day symposium via a live webcast. NPS employees should register online at http://goo.gl/acITld for individual sessions or the full training event.  Information on accessing the webinars and the webcast will be sent to all registrants. Employees are strongly encouraged to attend the full training event and may receive credit by also enrolling through DOI LEARN no later than August 25th. For more information, go to this link or contact Sangita Chari, Special Assistant to the Associate Director, Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion, National Park Service, Phone:  (202) 354-2203, Email: office_rdi@nps.gov .

September 23 – September 25 Firearms Instructor Refresher Training, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Dublin, CA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is August 13th.

September 30 – October 3 – Law Enforcement Control Tactics Refresher Instructor Training, Yosemite, CA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is August 15th.

September 30 – October 2 – Conference On Preservation And Stewardship Of Historic Places, Yellowstone NP, WY. This conference is for those historic and rustic architecture practitioners who are looking to build new skills and network with professionals and craftspeople in the field. The conference will provide opportunities to learn and exchange ideas through hands-on experiences, classroom presentations and facilitated dialog. Participants can earn up to 16 AIA CEU continuing education credits. The tuition is $395. For more information and to register, go to http://www.preservemontana.org/ynprustic/ .

October 6 – October 10 – Structural Firefighter I (Defensive Firefighter) Course, Gateway NRA (Sandy Hook Unit), NJ. This 40-hour course is designed to provide basic training at the NFPA 1001, Firefighter I level with the minimum skills necessary to function safely and effectively as a member of a structural firefighting team under direct supervision. Course emphasis is on individual and engine company manipulative skills essential for personal safety and efficiency in support of defensive (exterior) operations with limited offensive skills targeting trash and vehicle fires and indirect attacks in the suppression of structural fires. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is September 8th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

October 13 – October 24 – Structural Firefighter I/II Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1001 training standards to be qualified as a Structural Firefighter I and II. Participants will be able to perform both interior and exterior attacks during structural fire events. The course presents students with a strenuous hands-on curriculum that includes extensive training scenarios and live-fire drills. Students will be afforded numerous opportunities to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed serve as a structural firefighter.  Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is September 15th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

October 20 – October 31. Law Enforcement Driver Instructor Training Program, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is September 10th.

October 19 – October 31 – Basic Tactics Instructor Training Program, FLETC, Glynco, GA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is September 10th.

October 20 – October 31 – Use of Force Instructor Training, New Braintree, MA. Click on this link for the course announcement; contact Wiley Golden at FLETC (912-267-2246) with any questions. The deadline for applications is August 28th.

October 21 – October 22 - Find 'Em: Initial Response Incident Commander, Estes Park, CO. Learn about the state-of-the-art in missing person search planning. This interactive workshop will introduce the newest and most comprehensive textbook on search and rescue management, focus on the duties and responsibilities of the initial response incident commander, and provide instruction on the use of WinCASIE search incident computer software.  Tuition is $25. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 25 people.

October 22 – Jack Harris Leadership Development Workshop: Keeping Good People Good, Estes Park, CO. NPS employees begin their careers as passionate, idealistic, enthusiastic people who are often heard saying “I can’t believe they pay me to do this job.” With time, they are exposed to the subtle day-to-day pressures and demands that can be devastating to even the most experienced and capable people. This presentation is aimed at helping the participants develop a personal strategy to prevent the day-to-day pressures from destroying the very things they work so hard to build. They will learn techniques to help create the balance and resilience that is essential for their long-term professional and personal wellbeing. Tuition is $35. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 40 people.

October 22 – Jack Harris Leadership Development Workshop: Management’s Role in Keeping Good People Good, Estes Park, CO. Organizations spend a significant amount of time, energy and money hiring and training good people, but that is just the beginning. After the hiring process is over, managers have an important role in helping Keep Good People Good. Positive leadership, a proactive approach to problem solving, the “Courage to Communicate,” and holding people respectfully accountable are key to preventing employee-related problems. Managers are responsible for the guidance, mentorship, and coaching that helps employees improve performance and achieve their full potential. This program is aimed at helping managers apply the theories of leadership & management to everyday, real-life situations and develop the practical skills needed to become more effective and confident leaders. Tuition is $35. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 40 people.

October 23 – Jack Harris Leadership Development Workshop: Communications Skills…They Do Make a Difference, Estes Park, CO. The ability to resolve conflicts, address differences, minimize misunderstandings, interact well with others, work as a team and enhance relationships (of all kinds) is directly related to our ability to communicate. This workshop is designed for people who want to communicate more effectively, build better relationships (at work, home and play), gain a better understanding into the power of perceptions & assumptions, and are looking to have some fun learning practical communication skills they can apply to everyday, real-life situations. Tuition is $35. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 40 people.

October 23 Learning by Listening: Conducting Effective Oral History Interviews, Estes Park, CO. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of oral history. Participants will be introduced to oral history project planning; legal and ethical issues; recording technologies (audio and video); what to do before, during, and after the interview; processing and preserving interviews; and using oral history in Web sites and publications. Participants will conduct and critique a short interview on-site during the workshop. Tuition is $25. This workshop is part of the Association of National Park Rangers’ annual Ranger Rendezvous. However, full conference registration is not required. For more information on the workshop, visit: https://www.anpr.org/documents/RR37_PreliminaryProgram.pdf. Space limited to 20 people.

November 3 – November 14 – Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1002 training standards to be qualified as Fire Apparatus Driver Operator. The class is designed to provide persons with the technical information and skills essential for the safe operation and proper maintenance of fire apparatus. Emphasis includes hands-on training of pumping and driving skills critical to support personnel assigned to all hazard response. Personnel will become proficient in troubleshooting, hydraulics, drafting and providing water through multiple pumping evolutions. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. Application deadline is October 6th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

November 4 – November 5 – Remington 870 Armorer, Lake Meredith NRA, TX. The park will be hosting a Remington 870 armorer class. Class cost is $450 and registration is done through Remington, http://www.remingtonle.com/training/14schedule.htm. There is a Holiday Inn Express in Borger that has a government rate. For more information, contact Dale Culver at Dale_Culver@nps.gov  or via phone at 806-865-3874 ext. 261

November 6 – November 7– Remington AR15 Armorer, Lake Meredith NRA, TX. The park will be hosting a Remington AR15 armorer class. Class cost is $450 and registration is done through Remington, http://www.remingtonle.com/training/14schedule.htm. There is a Holiday Inn Express in Borger that has a government rate. For more information, contact Dale Culver at Dale_Culver@nps.gov  or via phone at 806-865-3874 ext. 261

November 17 – November 21 – Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law, Southeast Regional Office, Atlanta, GA. This course provides employees with a solid understanding of the resource mission of the NPS and the primary laws, legal authorities, case law interpretation, and policies used to protect park resources. Participants will also receive instruction in the functions and roles that contribute to effective interdisciplinary group work and practice these skills through resource protection case studies. Deadline for application is September 26, 2014. Travel scholarships to help defray costs are available but must be submitted by September 26, 2014. For the full announcement and scholarship application, go to the Natural Resource Stewardship Training webpage. For more information about the course, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov; or Cathy Purchis, cathy_purchis@nps.gov.

December 8 – December 12 – Fire Officer and Instructor Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class includes certification in both Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I. These classes have been combined as fire instructor is a required prerequisite for fire officer. The combined class is a combination of online activities with job performance skills being demonstrated in a class or field setting. Fire instructor is designed around classroom lectures, group activities, and individual presentations. Topics include learning theories, use of instructional materials and media, maintaining student records and techniques for effective communication. The fire officer portion of the class focuses on technical knowledge and leadership skills which are essential for command and control of engine company personnel during fire emergencies. Participants will be introduced to the skills of preplanning, fire attack strategies/tactics and logistical support functions. Skills are reinforced and evaluated through dynamic group sessions and video simulations. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules and class assessments. Access to the on-line class is available on December 9th. Application deadline is November 10th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

Online Training

Web Authoring

NPS Basic Web. The basic course covers the topics that web authors need to effectively communicate via NPS websites—both internal and external. The basic course introduces students to web terminology, content strategy, accessibility, writing for the web, image selection/editing, PDF usage, web analytics, web support, and content management system (CMS) basics. If you have questions about signing up for the courses in DOI Learn, please contact your directorate web manager. The course code is NPS-INF2013.

NPS Intermediate Web. The intermediate course builds on topics covered in the basic course (above) to give park or program web coordinators (or any interested web author) resources for managing content on NPS websites. The intermediate course goes into more depth about content strategy, web analytics, accessibility, shared content on NPS.gov, and content management system (CMS) elements. If you have questions about signing up for the courses in DOI Learn, please contact your directorate web manager. The course code is NPS-INF4017

Natural Resources

Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources. This two-hour on-line training orients learners to the natural resource and science career path within the National Park Service. It explains the role of the natural resource professional within the NPS, and introduces the concepts of ethical conduct, scientific integrity, interdisciplinary networks and building and maintaining professional credibility. Students will address their career development by exploring ways to design and implement professional development plans. Introduction to the Career Academy for Natural Resources is the first unit in the course of study being developed for the Foundational Natural Resource series of the Career Academy for Natural Resources. The Foundational Series is designed to help employees achieve the natural resource competencies at the entry/developmental level. It may also benefit natural resource professionals at any level who are new to the National Park Service. This course is available through DOI Learn. The course code is NPS-NRS1501. Cost: Free. To learn more about the Career Academy for Natural Resources, visit the website at http://www.nps.gov/training/nrs/academy/academy.html. For more information, please contact Jeri Hall, jeri_hall@nps.gov.

Cultural Resources

Nationwide Programmatic Agreement Toolkit. To help guide NPS staff on implementing the NPS nationwide programmatic agreement, which governs Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the NPS has developed a “toolkit.” The toolkit is mandatory training that provides guidance to NPS superintendents and Section 106 coordinators, division chiefs, and facilities staff at region and park levels on using the programmatic agreement during Section 106 review. NPS employees may earn a certificate for their review of the toolkit through DOI Learn by taking a final assessment. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the toolkit website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The toolkit website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/history/howto/PAToolkit/index.htm. For more information about the NPS nationwide programmatic agreement toolkit, please contact: Jeffrey Durbin, NPS Section 106 compliance program officer, at 202-354-1816 or Jeffrey_durbin@nps.gov

Managing Archeological Collections. Learn about caring for archeological collections and help to overcome the curation crisis. The course is designed to assist those who are interested in, or need to learn more about, preserving and managing archeological collections over the long term. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/collections/index.htm. For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Archeology for Interpreters. Through this training, interpreters and anyone with an interest and need to know – including law enforcement rangers, natural resource experts, and managers -- may gain basic knowledge about archeology. The course provides opportunities to learn about archeological methods and analysis and how to encourage concern for the preservation and protection of archeological resources. A park-based case study provides practice. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/AforI/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Interpretation for Archeologists. Archeologists and other resource professionals can take this training to gain a firm foundation in and understanding of the purpose, philosophy, and techniques of interpretation. The course encourages archeologists to frame their work for the public and to work with interpreters to integrate archeological perspectives into interpretive products and tell compelling stories.  Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/IforA/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Study Tour of Archeological Interpretation. View interpretation with “fresh eyes” to evaluate choices and strategies for interpreting archeology in parks and historic sites. Download worksheets to assist in evaluating both onsite interpretation and virtual visits.  Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/studytour/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Assessment of Archeological Interpretation. Use the interpretive analysis model to evaluate the effectiveness of interpreting archeological resources on the basis of visitor experience at the levels of short-term outcomes, long-term outcomes, and audience feedback. Learn more about the National Park Service evaluation strategy. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/aiassess/index.htm. For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Wilderness

The Wilderness Act of 1964. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Evaluating a Minimum Requirements Analysis. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Deciding to Keep Wilderness Wild: Four Cornerstones for Wilderness Managers. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Wilderness Visitor Use Management. A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Strategies, and Monitoring Impacts and Uses.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Natural Resource Management in Wilderness. A suite of twelve courses: Fundamentals, Challenges in Natural Resource Restoration, Monitoring, Evaluating Proposals for Scientific Activity, Fish and Wildlife, Fish and Wildlife Inventory and Monitoring, Threatened and Endangered Species, Air Quality, Soil and Water, Vegetation, Soundscapes, and Night Sky.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Managing Cultural Resources in Wilderness.  A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Inventory and Monitoring, and Evaluating Scientific Proposals.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this linkfor course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Managing Paleontological Resources in Wilderness.  A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Inventory and Monitoring, and Evaluating Scientific Proposals.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Retirement

Firefighter/Law Enforcement Officer Retirement Training for Human Resource Specialists, Managers and Supervisors. This course is designed to provide firefighter and law enforcement officer retirement training for human resources specialists, managers and supervisors. Cost: Free. For more information, see DOI Learn website: http://www.doi.gov/doilearn. Registration: DOI Learn Help Desk 1-866-466-1998 or email at doilearn@geolearning.com. FLERT Contact: William (Alan) Sizemore, Alan_Sizemore@ios.doi.gov 208-334-1556.

FERS Retirement Training for Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers. This course is designed to provide firefighters and law enforcement officers with information on FERS special retirement provisions so that they can manage their careers in such a way that they maximize their benefits. Special retirement provisions apply to employees occupying these positions and they have specific responsibilities that are critical to know about and act upon throughout their careers if they expect to qualify for special retirement. Cost: Free. For more information, see DOI Learn website: http://www.doi.gov/doilearn. Registration: DOI Learn Help Desk 1-866-466-1998 or email at doilearn@geolearning.com. FLERT Contact: William (Alan) Sizemore, Alan_Sizemore@ios.doi.gov 208-334-1556.

Supervision

New Supervisor Development Program. This new training and development program, which was begun last year, is designed specifically for first-time supervisors within the 12 month probationary period of their initial appointment. The New Supervisor Development Program (NSDP) is a blended learning program that is delivered both online and in residential (three day) sessions across the country in collaboration with Bureau of Land Management, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The online modules (completely free of cost) are available on DOILearn as preliminary work, and include the basics of in knowledge and skills for a first-time supervisor. Completion of these modules is followed by a three day Supervisory Skills Workshop (SSW) that provides synthesis and skills practice. The NSDP satisfies the initial 40-hour new supervisory training required by OPM (5CFR 412.202). There will be no cost to parks and regions in FY 2014 – all costs (tuition and travel) are being funded by WASO Learning and Development. Registrations for the SSW are managed via regional employee development officers by slot allocation.  For more information, please contact Katrina Roberts, NSDP Training Manager, 202-354-1471, or Katherine Callaway, 202-354-1403, or your regional employee development officer.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/training/ - click on Leadership Development Programs.  

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Midwest Region
GS-0025-13/14 Superintendent

Dates: 08/28/2014 - 09/10/2014

Midwest Regional Office has issued an announcement for a superintendent for Keweenaw National Historical Site.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procdures for applying.

The announcement closes on September 10th.

[Submitted by Barbara Golden, barbara_golden@nps.gov, 402-661-1642]

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Intermountain Region
GS-0025-9 Chief Of Interpretation

Dates: 08/28/2014 - 09/05/2014

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument has issued an announcement for a chief of interpretation.

The announcement closes on September 5th.

Click link below for more information.

[Submitted by Hugh Hawthorne, Superintendent, hugh_hawthorne@nps.gov, 575-536-9461]

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Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (MT,WY)
GL-0025-7/9 Protection Ranger

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is currently recruiting for a permanent, full-time law enforcement ranger at either the GL-7 or GL-9 level. 

The duty station will be at Fort Smith, Montana, in the park’s North Unit, located in the south central part of the state.  Fort Smith is a remote location that is within the boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation.  Hardin, Montana (population 3100), is located 43 miles from Fort Smith and has most amenities.    

Bighorn Lake is the main body of water and attraction that provides recreation opportunities for park visitors and local residents.  Bighorn Lake extends approximately 71 miles through both Wyoming and Montana, 55 miles of which are held within spectacular Bighorn Canyon.  The lake provides boating, fishing, swimming, and other recreational opportunities. 

Duties involve the protection of the resources and the people who visit or reside in the park. More specifically, rangers are involved in boating operations and lake patrols, front country and back country road patrols, and providing security for the Bureau of Reclamation-operated Yellowtail Dam and facilities.  Rangers at Bighorn Canyon also maintain wildland fire red cards, MOCC operator and EMT certifications.

Applications will be accepted from employees of the National Park Service with career or career-conditional status in the competitive service.  Applicants must currently hold a Level I or II law enforcement commission.  Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be authorized.  Applicants must be able to work effectively with diverse, multi-cultural populations.

Government housing is available and required.   To apply go to USAJobs.gov. Applicants can apply for both the GL-7 and GL-9 level, as qualified.  The announcement closes September 4th.

Contact Deputy Chief Ranger Dale Kissner at 20 Hwy 14A E, Lovell WY 82431 (307-548-5401, dale_kissner@nps.gov) for more information about the position.
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Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs
GS-0301-12/13 Legislative Affairs Specialist (Bevinetto Fellow)

The Washington Office has issued an announcement for two Bevinetto Fellows.

The Bevinetto Fellow program is a two-year leadership training and development program within the National Park Service.  The selectees serve as legislative affairs specialists (Bevinetto  Fellows).  

During the first year of the fellowship, each legislative affairs specialist works on the staff of a member, committee, or a support agency/organization of the Congress and reports to the staff director of the assigned office.

During the second year of the fellowship, one legislative affairs specialist reports to the assistant director of the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and assists in the development, coordination, and implementation of the National Park Service legislative affairs program, including Congressional relations and controlled correspondence.   The other reports to the head of an office within WASO, to be determined based upon the priorities of the NPS directorate. 

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

It closes on September 18th.
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